Thank you so much for viewing our profile. We are Mark and Rob—a New Jersey couple excited to begin our family through adoption! We understand the decision you are making is selfless, emotional, and difficult. We want you to know our hearts are with you at this time. We are honored that we might become part of this journey with you. Adoption has been part of our family our whole lives, so choosing adoption was a natural decision. Mark’s family was created through adoption; both of his brothers were adopted at birth. We know that families are created through love, not just DNA. We know this not only because it is a catchy saying, but because we live it every day with our family!
We met online in 2011. We were married in a fun backyard BBQ wedding in 2017. We have two fun and playful miniature schnauzers, Henry and Logan—who have become local celebrities! Mark is a high school music teacher and a professional oboe player. Rob is a hospital administrator and paramedic. The first night we met over coffee, there was an instant connection, and we have spoken every day since then. Mark was instantly attracted to Rob’s big blue eyes, and how at ease he made him feel. Rob loves Mark’s huge personality! We have a strong foundation in our marriage based on love and respect. We know we will provide a loving, creative, and nurturing environment for a child because of our strong relationship. Our lives are filled with love, laughter, music, friends, and family; we can’t wait to share that with a child.
It’s hard to put into words how amazing Mark is, so I will simply say— he is awesome! Mark is loved by everyone in our lives and offers so much of himself to everyone. Mark enjoys our backyard garden, cooking, and watching/obsessing over figure skating! He’s been teaching music for almost 20 years. One of my favorite things to do at the end of each school year is to read the fantastic letters the children write to him. Mark doesn’t just teach them—he inspires and mentors them into young adults. I can’t wait to see him as a dad, and the amazing things he’ll teach a child.
Rob is the friend that everyone wants. He is fun (hysterically funny) loyal, kind, and genuinely cares about others happiness and comfort. I’m lucky enough to not only have him as my best friend, but also my husband. Rob’s profession as a paramedic and healthcare administrator, were natural choices because of his caring and giving nature. Rob loves the beach, and we often visit our townhouse at the Jersey shore. He likes anything involving trains and aviation. He spends tons of time in the backyard plane spotting! Rob is the best person I know, and I cannot wait to see Rob be the best daddy anyone could ever wish for their child!
We bought our home and moved in together in 2013. We have spent the last five years remodeling our beautiful and charming home. It is located across the street from a large township park, and a few blocks away from both the elementary and middle schools. Mark loves to spend spring and summers gardening in the backyard. During the winter, Mark likes decorating both the outside and inside of our home for Christmas. Rob enjoys spending time in the backyard either grilling, birdwatching, or sitting by the firepit with the dogs, family, and friends.
Our everyday lives are filled with our amazing family and friends. As we have begun to share our adoption plan, each one of them has expressed such excitement about the new addition to our family. We both have close-knit families, and we love spending time with them. We are fortunate to have most of our family living close by. We love the holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas are a time when everyone gets together for laughter, memories, and an insane amount of food (hey, we’re Italian!). We both have some amazing lifelong friends that are genuinely like our family. Family and friend backyard BBQ’s are a constant part of the summer, as well as birthdays, Saint Patrick’s Day, and a big Italian Easter dinner!
Thank you for taking the time to read through our book and learn more about us. We believe you are completely unselfish by beginning the adoption process. We hope you will feel at peace when thinking about the future of your child. We promise that your sacrifice and gift will always be remembered and cherished by us. Your baby will always know how loved they are! We promise a life full of unconditional love, laughter, music, adventure, and an amazing sense of family.